The rush of applications that ensues every year for nursery admission presents a daunting prospect for parents readying their kids for school. Landing a pre-school seat in today’s competitive and crowded scenario can be as challenging as getting through college. And while the number of options available to the parents these days has increased manifold – several new schools have cropped up in Gurgaon alone over the past two years – so have the applications that are sent in.
According to local school representatives, as this year’s nursery admission process comes to a close the number of applications sent to Gurgaon schools is reported to have increased by more than 10%. This upward trend is repeated each year, and the latest round was no exception. “There has been around 10% increase in applications sent in for nursery admissions to our school,” said a representative of Amity International School.
Most schools here have now stopped receiving fresh applications for nursery admissions, and the focus now is on short-listing and selecting the candidates. “We had about 248 registrations this year, and have around 125 seats on offer. Now the wait list is up. Admissions will be closed once all the seats are filled,” said Monica Sagar, principal, Shiv Nadar School, Gurgaon.
Sagar also said that there has ‘definitely been an increment’ in the number of applications that were sent in for admissions this year. The Manav Rachna International School (MRIS) in Sector 46 received around 500 applications. “Over the years, the number of applications has increased substantially, because parents want good schools for their children. Once the short-listing is over, and a parent has options in hand, it is the facilities, discipline and infrastructure in the long run that become deciding factors,” said Dhriti Malhotra, principal, MRIS.
The MRIS is offering more than 350 nursery seats between its two Gurgaon branches for next year’s session, which begins in April 2014. To make things convenient for applicants, and the admission procedure a little more fair, many schools have shifted their application systems online, and have been offering nursery seats by a draw of lots.